J.D. Power reports leap in used truck sales volume in June

07.20.JD Power auction used truck salesVolume rose across the board in June in the heavy-duty retail and auction used truck spaces as well as the medium-duty used truck market, J.D. Power reported Thursday in its July 2020 Commercial Truck Guidelines industry report.

J.D. Power says volume levels in the auction market last month were the highest the company has seen in its benchmark model in nearly five years. Pricing was generally down due to an oversupply identical truck packages, but J.D. Power states used truck with below average miles continue to perform well.

Average auction prices were as follows:

  • Model year 2017: $32,191 average; $4,989 (13.4 percent) lower than May
  • Model year 2016: $27,313 average; $1,768 (6.9 percent) higher than May
  • Model year 2015: $21,908 average; $440 (2.0 percent) lower than May
  • Model year 2014: $15,908 average; $32 (0.2 percent) lower than May
  • Model year 2013: $14,043 average; $1,946 (16.1 percent) lower than May

Compared month over month, J.D. Power says 4- to 6-year-old trucks were down 4.3 percent. Compared to the first six months of last year, used truck auction pricing is down 23.9 percent, though depreciation this year is still averaging a very low 0.9 percent per month, the company says.

“June’s results essentially split the difference between April’s drop and May’s increase, which explains the unchanged depreciation average. Freight data for dry van loads has fully recovered, and reefer metrics are not far behind. Other segments continue to improve. There’s no shortage of supply, but demand continues to lift off the bottom,” the company says.

07.20.JD Power retail used truck salesPricing also fell due to demand in the retail market. J.D. Power says the average sleeper tractor retailed in June was 68 months old, had 478,296 miles, and brought $36,973. Compared to May, J.D. Power reports this average sleeper was one month older, had 16,058 (3.5 percent) more miles, and brought $3,233 (8.0 percent) less money. Compared to June 2019, this average sleeper was a month newer, had 17,354 (3.8 percent) more miles, and brought $20,251 (35.4 percent) less money.

In the large 2- to 5-year-old truck cohort, J.D. Power says average pricing in June was as follows:

  • Model year 2019: $94,127; $4,409 (4.5 percent) lower than May
  • Model year 2018: $69,808; $15,219 (17.9 percent) lower than May
  • Model year 2017: $54,013; $2,338 (4.5 percent) higher than May
  • Model year 2016: $37,601; $1,498 (3.8 percent) lower than May

Compared to May, J.D. Power says late-model trucks brought 8.5 percent less money in June. Comparing the first six months of this year to last year, the company says pricing has averaged 15.1 percent lower than the same period of 2019. Depreciation in 2020 is averaging 3.1 percent per month, an increase from last month, and moderately above the historic range.

“Late-model sleepers that have accumulated less than 100,000 miles per year are bringing relatively strong money, especially those with under 300,000 miles,” the company says. “The gap between high-volume models and lower-volume models is increasing.”

But what dealers may be losing on specific trucks they are making up in volume. J.D. Power reports dealers retailed an average of 4.5 trucks per rooftop in June, 0.6 truck higher than May and 0.7 truck higher than last June.

“This increase is encouraging, and indicates somewhat better demand commensurate with the economic re-opening,” the company says.

Pricing was mixed in the medium-duty space due to the influx in units. The average price in June for Class 3-4 cabovers was was $13,585, $320 (2.3 percent) lower than May, and $313 (2.3 percent) lower than June 2019. Class 4 conventionals performed a little better, average pricing was $21,889, $4,782 (28.0 percent) higher than May, but $1,626 (6.9 percent) lower than June 2019. Class 6 conventional pricing was the opposite, with average pricing of $21,020 in June, $3,694 (14.9 percent) lower than May, and $2,445 (13.2 percent) higher than June 2019.

Overall, J.D. Power states the last month’s strong volume was “probably a combination of pent-up demand from the previous two months combined with optimism about the slow-but-sure reopening of the economy. As predicted, reopening gathering places resulted in spikes in virus infections and attendant regional pullbacks. However, the genie has been let out of the bottle, and it is extremely unlikely we will see a return to large-scale shutdowns.”

The company adds its previous assessment of market factors impacting the economy at large and trucking industry remain in place. “We still have a lot to work through before economic conditions will look anything close to normal. The trucking industry in general will continue to perform better than most, and we still see more positive than negative pressure on used truck values.”

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